Super Bowl-winning quarterback Tom Brady has publicly stated he'd like to play into his 40s, but his wife recently admitted that Brady has suffered multiple concussions in his recent games with the New England Patriots.
Brady's wife, retired supermodel Gisele Bundchen, told Charlie Rose of "CBS This Morning" that Brady suffered a concussion in 2016.
"He had a concussion last year,” she told Rose, according to CBS News. "I mean, he has concussions pretty much every -- we don’t talk about it, but he does have concussions."
Brady did not miss any games for a concussion during the season, and NFL policy requires that players undergo concussion testing immediately after a hard hit. The Patriots have never listed any head injuries for Brady during his career, reports ESPN.
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Players who are diagnosed with a concussion must go through a five-step recovery process which can take days or weeks, according to Yahoo Sports. Teams that fail to disclose a concussion face steep penalties from the NFL, including fines or loss of draft picks.
"I don’t really think it’s a healthy thing for a body to go through,” Bundchen said, mimicking helmets hitting against one another. "That kind of aggression, all the time, cannot be healthy for you. I’m planning on having him around, doing healthy things when we’re like 100, I hope."
Bundchen was responding to a question regarding Brady's comments that she wanted him to retire. She did not mention exactly when Brady suffered the concussion and did not divulge any other medical information, according to ESPN.
"I always said my mid-40s," Brady told ESPN about how long he'd like to play. "Naturally that means around 45. If I get there and I still feel like I do today, I don't see why I wouldn't want to continue."
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"[Bundchen] wants me to do that too," Brady said. "She also wants me to take good care of myself and still have my energy. My kids have grown up faster than I thought."
Brady, 39, has been with the New England Patriots since 2000, leading the team to multiple championships and placing himself among the best to ever play at his position. Speaking with ESPN's Kevin O'Connor, Brady mentioned that his playing career has been a collaborative effort with his wife and family.
"She makes decisions for our family that I've got to deal with. Hopefully she never says, 'Look, this has to be it,'" Brady told O'Connor. "My wife and my kids, it's a big investment of their time and energy too."
Bundchen, 37, retired from runway modeling in 2015 to focus on environmental issues and to continue raising the family.